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Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, and philologist. Born into a poor family in Zürich, Switzerland, his father and teachers quickly realised his talents and supported him through university, where he studied classical languages, theology and medicine. He became Zürich's City Physician, but was able to spend much of his time on collecting, research and writing. Gessner compiled monumental works on bibliography and zoology and was... Read More

Born26 March 1516
Zürich, Swiss Confederacy
Died13 December 1565 (aged 49)
Zürich, Swiss Confederacy
FieldsBotany, zoology and bibliography
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